1. Dr. Cornel West Calls President Obama a “Brown-Faced Clinton”


    And that’s not all


    Source: Salon

     

  2. "Yeah, but I live in the White House, and you don’t."

    Who has a caption for this Obama-Clinton photo?

    Source: Washington Post.

     

  3. A TWEET ABOUT HOW THE WEST SEES AFRICA

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  4. We have all followed the backlash against Donald Sterling’s bigoted remarks. It’s a backlash that was entirely fitting. But as outraged as we are by the words of one man, where is our collective outrage over our nation’s achievement gaps and the fact that millions of our children still don’t receive equal educational opportunity?
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    US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, in a speech to the Education Writers Association Annual Conference at Vanderbilt University; May 20, 2014.

    Mr. Secretary, I’ll say just two things:

    • We have two achievement gaps to fix – one that exists within the US, and the other that exists between the US and the rest of the industrialized world (pdf).
    • Outrage about education inequality is meaningless without specific policy changes to end this condition.

    You’re the chief education guy – start using that pen. Just let me know when you need help…

     

  5. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT AT 50 - THE BEGINNING, THE END, OR NEITHER?

    I’ll mark today’s 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by reading you a piece of legislation:

    [W]ith a view to affording reasonable protection to all persons in their constitutional rights of equality before the law, without distinction of race or color, or previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude…

    Sounds familiar? I have news for you.

    This didn’t come from the Civil Rights Act of 1964—try the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

    I have more to say about this on MentalUnrest

     

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  7. Rest in Love, Basil R. Paterson.

    The New York Amsterdam News has plenty to say about this hero…

     

  8. newyorker:

    Evan Osnos travels to West Virginia to investigate the recent chemical spill that left hundreds of thousands of residents without access to water, and looks at the coal industry’s political influence in the state: http://nyr.kr/1pxUQaf

    Photo Illustration by Spruce.

    (Source: newyorker.com)

     

  9. yagazieemezi:

    Mozambique activists protest against rape law

    Rights activists in Mozambique have marched through the capital Maputo to protest a colonial era law still included in new legislation that allows rapists to go unpunished if they marry their victims.

    The “marriage effect” clause sees convicted rapists given a five-year suspended sentence if they marry their victims and stipulates that the perpetrator should stay married to the victim for at least five years.

    Though it had fallen into disuse, the clause has been retained in a new legislation replacing the colonial Portuguese penal code of 1886, which is currently before parliament.

    But, in a country where women make up 40 percent of parliament, activists are outraged.

    International rights group Amnesty International has launched a campaign against the controversial legislation, leading similar campaigns in Algeria and Tunisia, where such laws also exist.

    Attack on women

    At the protest, a young woman dressed in a blood-spattered wedding gown led a group of about 300 mostly female protesters as they marched to parliament.

    "It is an attack on us as women," protester Aulzira Camacho told the AFP news agency.

    "Marry the rapist? No!" read a banner carried by another protester.

    The new penal code was rushed through parliament in December, where it was approved in a preliminary vote. It is now under discussion by special parliamentary groups before going back to the assembly for a final vote.

    The draft code also terms rape in marriage as adultery rather than an offence.

    Activists in the southern African country reject the text, where 12 percent of women fall victim to sexual abuse, according to 2011 health statistics.

    Keep reading via aljazeera

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  11. The Unwinding by George Packer, page 353 - Wall Street has a unique way of showing who’s expendable…

     


  12. The Department of Health and Human Services says it won’t release [Obamacare] enrollment figures before November, but CNN has gotten a window on enrollment by canvassing the states running their own sign-up sites. As of Friday afternoon, at least 257,000 people had signed up for new insurance plans.

    More than half of those — 134,000 — are in New York state.

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  14. TANYA FREE - PODCAST - SEP 25 2013

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    Tanya Free & Friends podcast - Sep 25, 2013:

    • More congressional budget drama
    • Cutting food stamps
    • NRA’s idea to give more guns to the good guys
    • The death of Jonathan Ferrell by a Charlotte, NC police officer (“Four shots, pause; four shots, pause; two more shots.”)

     

     

  15. Joseph Lhota looks like The Mole from X-Men comics in this photo. Perhaps he’ll get the Marvel vote in his NYC Mayoral bid.

    The Mutant-Glam shot came from Robert Stolarik for the NY Times…

    song currently stuck in my head: “I can’t get no sleep” - masters at work feat. india